Recently, media reported scaling of Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, by a twenty five year old Indian girl, Arunima Sinha. Arunima reached the 8848 metre high summit at 1055 h on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Climbing Everest in itself is an extremely challenging and arduous task, but, what is remarkable about Arunima is that she is the first Indian and world’s first woman to do so with a prosthetic leg.
She hails from Ambedkar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. She was thrown off a moving train for resisting a chain-snatching attempt, while travelling from Lucknow to Delhi on April 12, 2011. She was hit by a passing train and was grievously injured. Her left leg below the knee had to be amputated in a bid to save her life. She has reported to have told in an interview to an Indian Television channel that she had to do something in her life so that people stop looking at her with pity.
She not only left behind her traumatic experiences but trained hard…with determination and dedication… at the Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) camp in Uttarkashi last year under the guidance of Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to conquer Mt Everest.
Last year, she also scaled the 6150 metre Island peak and 6622 metre high Mt Chhamser Kangri of Ladakh as a run up to her ascent to Mt Everest.
Arunima has amply demonstrated her indomitable spirit, true grit, steely willpower, tremendous courage and above all belief in herself. She is a real example of courage personified.
What drives us to achieve such a feat? What motivates us to excellence? These questions still lurking in my mind, I sign off looking forward to your answers…